Dar el Mudal
What We Love
- An elegant riad filled with art and charm, with the bustling Medina at its doorstep Good old-fashioned hospitality from owner, Gloria, and her artist husband Norman
- Beautifully outfitted rooms filled with collectibles and antiques
- In-the-know advice on where to eat, shop and explore
What To Know
- The 5-bedroom house hotel is run by host and owner Gloria and is decorated with paintings by her late-husband
- Guestrooms have AC and free WiFi; all hold a max of two guests
- Looking to relax? Hit the roof terrace
Hidden away among the cluttered backstreets of Marrakech, the high, whitewashed walls of the riads conceal an opulent courtyard where the sounds of the city drop away. Dar el Mudal is an intimate guest house with just four bedrooms, lovingly created and run by owner Gloria and her British-Indian artist husband, whose inimitable style is splashed across the walls. Family art adorns the rooms, outfitted in sumptuous furniture and antiques. The pièce de résistance is the central courtyard, where soaring walls notched with intricate filigree meet arched doorways and wide balconies from which to take in the views.
This is a welcome respite from the cacophony of sound that accompanies Marrakech’s day-to-day life. In a quiet residential area in the south of the old city, Dar el Mudal is ideally placed for exploring – it’s just 10 minutes from Djemaa el-Fnaa and its heaving markets. Set out on foot, and you’ll find yourself winding through the city’s switchback streets, past donkeys pulling carts laden with leather bags, stallholders hawking towering piles of spices and street-food stalls steaming with tantalizing flavors.
Nearby, you’ll find plenty of history, culture and traditional life to discover. The Medina is the city’s beating heart, where palaces sit alongside bakeries and humble market stalls. Explore the rich concentration of impressive buildings around the guesthouse, such as the 16th-century Badi Palace and the Bahia Palace, built in the 19th century and intended to be the best in the world. Gloria’s knowledge of Marrakech will help you on your quest to uncover the most authentic restaurants, bars and shopping that the city has to offer.
How to Get There
We spent three nights in this lovely home in the Medina. We were hosted by Abdullah and Hadijah. They were very attentive and provided everything we requested. The house is located perhaps 100 yds into the Medina and wasn't too difficult to locate. We were promptly greeted at arrival at the Medina gate and made our way to the house with no problem. The house had the traditional Moroccan structure with the open central area utilized as a living room seating area which was guarded by a beautiful Siamese cat. Overall, it is ornately styled, comfortably appointed and the walls are filled with amazing paintings of the owner and her family. It did have a bit of the feel of being in a museum, but we loved it. Breakfasts were provided on our schedule and the meal was quite satisfying. The bedroom and bathroom were airy, clean and had all the necessities. We very much enjoyed our stay.
My wife and I have just returned from a three night stay at the Dar el Mudal and cannot praise it high enough.
It is run by the owner and most charming host, Gloria Mudalier, wife of the famous painter Norman Douglas Hutchinson, and her small team of incredibly helpful staff.
The bedrooms are clean, tidy and fully fitted and the lounge / dining area is a joy to behold, displaying a multitude of her husbands exquisite and entertaining paintings. Worth a visit in their own right.
We enjoyed a continental breakfast each day, and a wonderful home cooked evening meal.
An elegant but homely atmosphere that entices you to return.
This Riad is owned by Elderly East Indian lady, who loved her house passionatly..sometimes forget that she has rented a place to someone and got money for that..this place will be suitable for someone over the age of 75 years where you have ristrctions on everything, you might be stooped and minded like a little kid immedately if youleave a light turnned on behind you, if you out your purse on the couches, leave the door closed, etc etc....it was very funny expeience..I am a frequent traveller generally say in 4.5 star or 5 star hotels first time in Morocco read few idiotic reviews and got excited with the ratings and got in ...but felt like 6 year old kid being minded every minute by strict parents....only 2 servents there and one of them quit when we were there...what a mess one poor little girl "Khadiza" has to clean up, prepare breakfast, manage all the guest and rooms....list goes on and on...ohhhh, please don't be fooled by the "Mint Tea experience" in the previous comments by others ask the prices & cover charges before you go in the rooms, ask all the rooms and read between lines...When we went to Fes...what a wonderful experience we had and we regretted that we stayed here...also a piece of advice the new town is just walking distance loaded with modren beautiful hotels, takes 10 min walk to any medina or any place you want to be in...